Friday, November 15, 2013

FATE: Fight Fire for Marcus Licinius Crassus the Richest Man In Rome

FATE: Fight Fire - for Marcus Licinius Crassus, the Richest Man In Rome

An early organised firefighting brigade.  Let's make a deal, see what and who we can save for you.

Draft 1.0  April 23, 2013 - Blue Tyson


Today's firefighters are often hailed as heroes.  In Ancient Rome and earlier times, a rather more mercenary situation.  Those afflicted with a blaze would still be happy to see them, but in stressful times may not make the best financial decisions with regards to their property.



ADVENTURING

The man in charge of the whole five hundred strong operation is detailed below, as is his lead team of firefighters, with their boss, muscle, driver, climber and water man.  Lieutenant, Vent, Drive, Roof and Can in Fight Fire terminology if you like.

You can assume they are well outfitted with any gear that they want, shields, types of armour, padding, buckets, primitive hoses or anything they could invent, or pay someone to come up with.  This is a new industry for the city and they are at the forefront.

The general operation is - and Crassus himself may lead if a big or important propety - find a fire, offer to put it out and save the property.  Putting it out may involve knocking the building down so it burns in on itself.  Otherwise some really hazardous firefighting time if there are people and buildings and other items to save.

Crassus is not a man you want to disappoint.  Crime, skullduggery, politics, slavery, war, bribery and more will form the backdrop for this sort of operation.  Will someone start a rival operation that could lead to bloodshed?




THE PLAYERS


Marcus Licinis Crassus

Richer Than Anybody You Know
Have them arrested or executed, get their stuff!
Almost everybody who is anybody owes me money
Ruthless Property Speculator and general
Empire Builder

F: Excellent +2  
A: Good +1
S: Good +1
E: Excellent +2
R: Excellent +2
I: Remarkable +3
P: Excellent +2

Resources   Amazing (+5)
Popularity   Remarkable (+3)

Amazing (+5)  Business, Contacts
Incredible (+4)  Intimidation, Politics
Remarkable (+3)  Deceit, Leadership, Warfare, Sword
Excellent (+2)  Burglary, Ride, Teach
Good (+1)  Piracy, Sail


Antoninus "Bulla" Datus

Property owner, I have an offer for you
Stay on Crassus good side
Burning Down the House

F: Typical +0  
A: Typical +0
S: Good +1
E: Good +1
R: Good +1
I: Excellent +2
P: Good +1

Resources   Excellent (+2)
Popularity   Good (+1)

Excellent (+2)  Negotiate, Intimidate


Fronto "Ventus" Crespus

You'd like a hole there, boss?

F: Excellent +2  
A: Typical +0
S: Excellent +2
E: Excellent +2
R: Typical +0
I: Typical +0
P: Typical +0

Resources   Good (+1)
Popularity   Typical (+0)

Remarkable (+3)  Axe, Hammer, Polearm
Good (+1) Intimidate


Justus "Rota" Urbanus

On my way, boss!
Chariot, cart, litter.  It'll do!

F: Typical +0  
A: Excellent +0
S: Good +1
E: Good +1
R: Typical +0
I: Good +1
P: Typical +0

Resources   Typical (+0)
Popularity   Typical (+0)

Remarkable (+3)  Drive, Ride


Felix "Tegula" Veranus

I'm on top of it, boss!

F: Typical +0  
A: Remarkable +3
S: Typical +0
E: Good +1
R: Typical +0
I: Good +1
P: Typical +0

Resources   Typical (+0)
Popularity   Typical (+0)

Incredible (+4)  Climb
Remarkable (+3)  Jump, Fall


Drive, Vent, Breach, Search, Advance


Longinus "Situla" Proculus

More water, boss?

F: Typical +0  
A: Typical +0
S: Excellent +2
E: Excellent +2
R: Typical +0
I: Good +1
P: Typical +0

Resources   Typical (+0)
Popularity   Typical (+0)

Remarkable (+3)  Lift, Carry
Excellent (+2)  Commerce, Drive








THE LADDER


Being a big Marvel Super Heroes fan from way back, this is how I like to think:


Value    Adjective


+13 Cosmic 5 (Class 5000)
+12 Cosmic 3 (Class 3000)
+11 Cosmic 1 (Class 1000)
+10 Legendary Z (Shift Z)
+9  Legendary Y (Shift Y)
+8    Legendary X (Shift X)
+7    Unearthly (Epic)
+6    Monstrous (Fantastic)
+5    Amazing (Superb)
+4    Incredible (Great)
+3    Remarkable (Good)
+2    Excellent (Fair)
+1    Good (Average)
+0    Typical (Mediocre)
-1    Poor
-2    Feeble (Terrible)
-3    Awful 0 (Shift 0)
-4    Abysmal




FASERIP - basic human attributes


Physique is split compared to Core, into a Strength component and an Endurance component, the latter of which should be used for the Stress track.  Reason is native intelligence.


Fighting (Fight)
Agility (Athletics)
Strength
Endurance
Reason
Intuition (Notice)
Psyche (Will)


Secondary


Popularity is a measure of charisma, reputation and public influence. If you like, bad people can have a negative popularity ladder equivalent.  Supervillains, mass murderers, ruthless thugs in The Ball, etc.


Popularity
Resources



REFERENCES

Seven statesmen of the later republic  https://archive.org/details/sevenromanstates00oman
Marcus Licinius Crasus: Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Licinius_Crassus


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